Why Create a Portfolio?
As you prepare for a job interview, compiling a portfolio refreshes your memory about various experiences and activities. This review is excellent preparation for supporting your answers to the employer's questions. It also forces you to think about which accomplishments will be important to the interviewer, thus helping you organize the accomplishments effectively. Finally, the simple act of preparing a portfolio gives you a better idea of how well you qualify for the position.
Having a portfolio in the interview can also:
What is Included in a Portfolio?
Before you can assemble your portfolio, you need to collect the items (evidence) that you will include. You may want to start collecting items as you go and store them all in a working portfolio. To create a professional portfolio (which you will share with employers), you will need to identify and choose appropriate items from your working portfolio. For each job you plan to apply for, you can select and display the items that are most related to the position.
As you start identifying items you want to include, it is best to also write a description of each one. This may include the skill it represents, what goal was accomplished, as well as where, when, and why. By cataloging each sample this way, you will not have to be concerned with remembering the details when you choose to use one in your portfolio. Listed below are some things you may want to consider for your portfolio:
Make Your Own Portfolio: Electronic or Hard Copy?
Hard Copy: When it comes to actually constructing a portfolio, many people use a three-ring binder and display their items in clear plastic sheet protectors. By using this format, samples can be added and removed easily. You may also want to use dividers to arrange examples into particular categories, such as specific skill areas (i.e. communication, leadership, research). Again, it is very important to have descriptions or explanations for items that may not be self-explanatory or for which information will benefit the reader.
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